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Generation Xbox: How Videogames Invaded Hollywood

By Jamie Russell

Generation Xbox: How Videogames Invaded Hollywood

In 2010, cinema attendance nosedived. Meanwhile, a single game was making a billion dollars – in just 42 days. Call of Duty: Black Ops was the fastest-selling entertainment property in any medium, ever…

Within six weeks, players had logged more than 600 million hours blasting pixels and their pals in online combat. The prime movie-going demographic of 18-24 year old men were thinking: why watch a movie, when you can live inside one?

Generation Xbox: How Videogames Invaded Hollywood uncovers the love-hate relationship between gaming and Hollywood – and asks what it means for the future of entertainment. It’s a wild, creative story that begins with Steven Spielberg choking on dope fumes in the offices of Atari in the 80s, before hurtling through a story of disaster, triumph and Angelina Jolie in hotpants.

Based on over 100 interviews with leaders in both camps – from Nolan Bushnell to Gabe Newell, Paul W.S. Anderson to Neill Blomkamp – Generation Xbox is the Easy Riders, Raging Bulls of videogames.

Out 16th April 2012

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